Newsletter 582


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[1]All of our Best of the Moment article recommendations, plus
  FiveBooks interviews and other selected content from thebrower.com
    Links:
      1. http://thebrowser.com

[5]The Shadow Web
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/wc4JzY

Julian Dibbell | Scientific American | 15 February 2012

“The Internet interprets censorship as damage and routes around it.” At
  least that was the theory. But in reality it took just five phone calls
  to cut off 80m Egyptians. Which begs the question: Can we make an
  unkillable Internet? [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/shadow-web

[7]Rhino Wars
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/zyIJ1y

Peter Gwin | National Geographic | 15 February 2012

"Damien, a hard-muscled former Australian Special Forces sniper with an
  imposing menagerie of tattoos, including 'Seek & Destroy' in gothic
  lettering across his chest, swiveled his head." Poachers beware
  [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/rhino-wars

[9]Mario Monti And Italy's Generational Crisis
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/weoGUW

Mark Gilbert | Foreign Affairs | 14 February 2012

Sharp analysis of Italian politics, economy. And of course Super Mario.
  Three months in and all looks relatively rosy. But technocrats can't
  govern forever. Will his programme of reform survive the next election?
  [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/mario-monti-and-italys-generational-crisis

[11]The Roots Of State Education: The Spartan Model
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/ysQtz0

George Smith | Libertarianism | 14 February 2012

"Athens, with its brilliant intellectual and cultural achievements,
  enjoyed a free market in education. Sparta, an intellectual and
  cultural wasteland, was dominated by a system of state education." One
  which was to influence many [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/roots-state-education-spartan-model

[13]Nuclear Truckers: Warheads On 18 Wheels
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/xUu8r1

Adam Weinstein | Mother Jones | 15 February 2012

Office of Secure Transportation manages fleets of trucks moving nuclear
  weapons and nuclear waste around America on public highways. Drivers
  are mostly ex-special forces, authorised to use lethal force. So don't
  cut them up [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/nuclear-truckers-warheads-18-wheels

[15]Kim Dotcom, Pirate King
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/xc6OqK

Bryan Gruley, David Fickling & Cornelius Rahn | Businessweek | 16
  February 2012

No doubt you recall Mr Dotcom, playboy hacker and founder of file
  sharing website Megaupload. But is he really a criminal mastermind? Or
  just a scapegoat for a government determined to clamp down on copyright
  infringement? [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/kim-dotcom-pirate-king

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Tess Gerritsen on Favourite Thrillers
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/tess-gerritsen-on-favourite-thrillers

The bestselling author says a good thriller isn't about the violence or
  bloodshed; it's about making the reader feel off-balance and as if
  something isn’t quite right. She tells us about books that grab you and
  don't let go [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/tess-gerritsen-on-favourite-thrillers

Featured Special Report

[19]American Prisons
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/american-prisons

An epidemic of incarceration. A prison system that provides neither
  retributive justice nor rehabilitation. Is this America's moral
  catastrophe? [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/american-prisons

Reader Recommendations

@[21]nuzav Greece is broken, and can't be fixed - Felix
  Salmon [22]t.co/CZgPPi8R #[23]Browsings
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/nuzav
      22. http://t.co/CZgPPi8R
      23. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#Browsings

[24]More like this
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[25]Book of the Day
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/year-amongst-persians-by-edward-g-browne

[26]A Year Amongst the Persians by Edward G Browne
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/year-amongst-persians-by-edward-g-browne

[27]Tim Mackintosh-Smith says: “The bit that I love the most is when he
  gets in with these dervishes. He talks about being intoxicated by opium
  smoke and mysticism” [28]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/tim-mackintosh-smith-on-travelling-muslim-world
      28. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[29]You Tube Interventions
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/videos/you-tube-interventions

Harnessing the power of human stupidity to save endangered animals
  [30]More videos
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[31]Michael Gazzaniga, on complex systems
    Links:
      31. http://bigthink.com/ideas/42384

"We can study cars and all their physical relationships and know
    exactly how they work. It in no way prepares us to understand
    traffic"

[32]More quotes
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/quotations

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